Jack Flaherty's scoreless innings streak is still less than half of Bob Gibson's Cardinals' record

The Cardinals haven't had a pitcher do what the 23-year-old hurler is doing since vintage Adam Wainwright

August 14, 2019 - 9:07 am
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(KMOX) - Taking nothing away from what 23-year-old Jack Flaherty is currently doing for the St. Louis Cardinals, but this is the perfect opportunity to salute Hall of Famer Bob Gibson and put his performance during the summer of 1968 into perspective.

In Tuesday night's win for St. Louis in Kansas City, Flaherty extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to a personal high of 23 inning, which is the longest by a Cardinals starter since Adam Wainwright's 25 straight scoreless innings in 2014. It's also tied for the second-longest streak in the Majors this year, according to MLB.com.

In his last seven starts, he's got a 0.79 ERA with 56 strikeouts and just four earned runs in more than 45 innings.

Since the fifth inning of Flaherty's start against Houston on July 26, he's hasn't allowed a run. That's on top of seven innings of shutout baseball against the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dogers and Royals.

The three most recent Cardinals pitchers with three straight outings of seven or more scoreless innings are: Adam Wainwright (2014), John Tudor (1985), Bob Gibson (1968) and now Flaherty (2019). 

Which brings us to the historic season by Bob Gibson in 1968. That year, a 32-year-old Gibson threw 53 scoreless innings between June 2-26, in five starts. Every single one of those games was a complete-game shutout for Gibson. 

After that run, he threw at least eight innings in every game he started for the rest of the season (18 games, 162 innings, 20 earned runs). 

That's something we are NEVER going to see happen again. 

And for futher comparison, here are the 10 longest single-season scoreless streaks in MLB history, including dead-ball era (dating back to 1900)

1. Orel Hershiser, Dodgers, 59 IP, Aug. 30-Sept. 28, 1988
2. Don Drysdale, Dodgers, 58 IP, May 14-June 8, 1968
3. Walter Johnson, Senators, 55 2/3 IP, April 10-May 14, 1913
4. Jack Coombs, Athletics, 53 IP, Sept. 5-Sept. 25, 1910
5. Bob Gibson, Cardinals, 47 IP, June 2-26, 1968
6. Zack Greinke, Dodgers, 45 2/3 IP, June 18-July 26, 2015
7. Carl Hubbell, Giants, 45 1/3 IP, July 13-Aug. 1, 1933
8 (tie). Cy Young, Red Sox, 45 IP, April 25-May 17, 1904
8 (tie). Doc White, White Sox, 45 IP, Sept. 12-30,1904
8 (tie). Sal Maglie, Giants, 45 IP, Aug. 16-Sept. 4, 1950

Stats via Elias Sports Bureau

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